A 23-year-old man has been charged with murdering his Canadian girlfriend who was on a ‘trip of a lifetime’ to the UK.
Ashley Wadsworth, 19, was found dead at a block of flats in Chelmsford, Essex, after concerned neighbours reported a ‘disturbance’ at around 4pm on Tuesday.
A Canadian teenager who flew to Britain to visit a boyfriend she met online was stabbed to death in a quiet cul-de-sac.
Ashley Wadsworth had been in the country for just 11 weeks before she was found dead in a block of flats in Chelmsford, Essex on Tuesday afternoon.
She was from the small city of Vernon, British Columbia, and had flown to England to be with her 23-year-old boyfriend Jack Sepple.
Photos on social media show the couple looking happy together in Chelmsford and by London’s tourist hotspots including Big Ben and Buckingham Palace.
Other pictures shared by Jack’s mum on January 18 show Ashley joining the family for a trip to the picturesque East Sussex town of Rye.
Ashley was due to fly home to see her family in Vernon today, but she was found dead at 4pm on Tuesday after concerned neighbours called the police.
A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and police have said they are not looking for anyone else in connection to the teenager’s death.
In an emotional post on Facebook, Ashley’s friend from Canada, Larissa Kontos, said: ‘I’ve been trying to come up with words for hours. I have wrote out a post and then deleted it. Because nothing I say will bring you back.
‘I will miss our conversations, you were always messaging me telling me the newest thing you saw on how a person can get pregnant! I will miss seeing your smile and beautiful face! You will be truly missed by so many. Shine bright girly.’
Larissa added: ‘She was a 19-year-old beautiful soul. She had a ticket for this Thursday to come back home to people whom lover her dearly.’
Ashley’s great aunt Tova Wadsworth said: ‘Ashley was a beautiful young lady and full of love and kindness for all in her life.
‘This was a trip of a lifetime… Nothing of this makes any sense. Her family is heartbroken and struggles to understand.’
Ashley converted to the Church of the Latter-day Saints at the age of 18 and was described as a ‘woman of great faith’.
Fellow churchgoer Daniel Seaman said: ‘She was in England to live with her boyfriend, she was excited to live abroad and she always wanted to get out of the small town life in Vernon, BC.
‘She was kind and energetic, she always jumped in with both feet to everything she did! She also was a woman of great faith, and she came to find that faith when she was 18 but immediately dove in to share her faith with others and help them live a better life.
‘She had even wanted to share her faith with her boyfriend just weeks before her murder.’
A neighbour close to the murder scene said the ‘whole street was crawling with officers’ and that they could see paramedics entering a home.
They brought the young lady out into the road just outside the property and were continuing to try and save her.
‘The police were talking about stab injuries. It seems that she was the victim of a frenzied attack. But the medics couldn’t save her. It was awful to watch.’
Essex Police said they were called to a disturbance at a home in Tennyson Road and that despite the efforts of paramedics, the victim was pronounced dead at the scene.
DCI Scott Egerton, said: ‘We are at the early stages of our investigation and are working to build a picture of what happened yesterday.
‘This incident took place in a residential area so I know it’s likely to cause concern for those living nearby but we have made a quick arrest and do not believe there is a risk to the wider public.
‘There will continue to be a visible police presence in the area throughout today.